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Battery-powered Mireo Plus B decarbonises Europe’s railways
One of the reasons railways are the ‘greenest’ form of transport is that it is relatively easy to power trains by electricity – from overhead catenary or contact rails. However, electrification isn’t always viable for regional or local routes, and Siemens has developed a new platform which allows operators to fully decarbonise these operations efficiently and economically – Mireo Plus.
In Germany, only around 50% of routes are electrified. Drawing on its many decades of experience in building electric trains (Siemens was the most important pioneer of them in the 20th century), it has designed Mireo Plus from the ground up to offer flexibility, range and efficiency.

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Netz Ostbrandenburg orders 31 battery electric trains

  • Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) orders 31 battery-powered vehicles from Siemens Mobility
  • The environmentally friendly Mireo Plus B trains will run on all lines of the Ostbrandenburg network
From December 2024, the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region will get environmentally friendly, battery-powered regional trains for the first time, as well as improved and more condensed timetable services. Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) has ordered 31 two-car battery trains of the type Mireo Plus B from Siemens Mobility.

In March 2020 Siemens Mobility received the first order for 20 battery-powered trains 

The Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) ordered 20 Mireo Plus B trains. The two-car electric trainsets with 120 seats can operate on rail routes with or without overhead power lines thanks to their battery hybrid drive and are scheduled to operate in Network 8 of the Ortenau regional system. The contract also includes maintenance of the trains by Siemens Mobility for a period of just under 30 years. State Minister for Transport Winfried Hermann said: “This marks the first time battery-powered trains will be used in the state. With this innovative technology, the electrification of rail routes without continuous overhead power lines will also be possible.”

Mireo Plus B trains for Hermann-Hesse-Bahn in Baden-Württemberg

The state of Baden-Württemberg has ordered three Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility. The battery-electric trains will ensure locally emission-free traffic on the new Hermann-Hesse-Bahn between Renningen and Calw from 2023. Siemens Mobility will additionally take over maintenance of the trains over their entire service life.  By being equipped with the latest European Train Control System, the Mireo Plus B trains are equipped for ETCS Level 2 operation. This new standard offers more track capacity, greater punctuality as well as interoperability in cross-border rail traffic. The reorder option became possible as part of a past order for 20 Mireo Plus B for the Ortenau network in 2020.

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Silke Thomson-Pottebohm

Siemens Mobility

+49 174 306 3307